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->'''The Rabbi:''' Your predicament reminds me of a story. [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcock]]. ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''. The movie where everybody thinks Creator/CaryGrant is a man named George Kaplan, but the thing is there is no George Kaplan. It's just a made-up name, but names, even made-up ones...they can bring about quite a bit of trouble. Now, the woman in the picture with Grant, her name was, um...\\
'''Slevin:''' Eva Marie Saint.\\
'''The Rabbi:''' Oh, you know this movie.\\
'''Slevin:''' I know this movie.

A 2006 thriller with some elements of a stylized FilmNoir, '''''Lucky Number Slevin''''' (released, bizarrely, as ''The Wrong Man'' in Australia) plays with viewpoint and non-linear storytelling in a similar way to ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' or a Creator/QuentinTarantino flick. The film features an all-star cast comprised of JoshHartnett, Creator/LucyLiu, BenKingsley, Creator/MorganFreeman, and Creator/BruceWillis.

The movie opens with a recount of an old horse race where one of the trainers tries to fix the race by drugging his horse. He tells his brother, who tells a friend, who tells another friend…and the cycle continues until word of the "drugstore handicap" eventually makes it back to Max, a family man looking to make a buck and put his kid through school. Max puts down a lot of money he doesn't have on the horse, thinking of the bet as a sure thing -- but during the fateful race, the horse breaks its leg on the home stretch. The bookie who took the bet goes all out to collect the debt from Max: he has his goons beat -- and kill -- Max, sends more goons to kill Max's wife, and calls in a professional to kill Max's young son when none of his other goons will do the deed.

Fast forward several years: an everyman named Slevin has just moved to New York City to stay at his buddy Nick's house after a week of misfortune. After meeting his quirky neighbor Lindsey, Slevin finds himself mistaken for Nick by thugs connected to a gangster known only as The Boss. Nick owes quite a bit of money to this man, and no one believes Slevin when he says The Boss shouldn't put him on the hook for the loan. Nick's debts complicate matters further when Slevin learns Nick also owes money to The Rabbi, a rival to The Boss who, in a very Shakespearan turn of events, lives ''right across the street'' from The Boss (in the exact same type of building, no less).

Slevin finds himself trapped in the middle of the gangsters' cold war when The Boss asks him to assassinate The Rabbi's son to cover Nick's debt -- but everyone has secrets in this KansasCityShuffle...


!! ''Lucky Number Slevin'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ActorAllusion: [[spoiler:Bruce Willis gives Slevin the watch that once belonged to his (Slevin) father. Much like Bruce Willis' character received his father's watch in Pulp Fiction]].
* ActuallyThatsMyAssistant: When Slevin first meets the Boss.
* AskAStupidQuestion[=/=]CaptainObvious:
-->[[spoiler:'''Slevin''']]: How'd you find out?\\
'''Goodkat''': I'm a world class assassin, fuckhead. How'd you think I found out?
** There are even a few occasions where Slevin does this to just troll people. Especially when when he first meets the Boss and he explaining the ongoing situation to Slevin. At first, he's asking perfectly reasonable questions. Then at some point in the conversation, Slevin just starts pestering the Boss for kicks. He even has the audacity to grin before starting this line of questions.
--->'''Slevin:''' Why do they call him "The Fairy"?\\
'''The Boss:''' Because he's a fairy. \\
'''Slevin:''' What he has wings? He can fly? Sprinkle magic dust all over the place?\\
'''The Boss:''' He's homosexual.\\
'''Slevin:''' Right.
* AssholeVictim: Nick Fisher, who seems entirely harmless at the start of the film, is revealed to have been a sex offender who served eight years in prison for forcing himself on a fourteen year old cheerleader.
* [[spoiler: AWolfInSheepsClothing:]] Slevin is constantly getting punched in the nose and the solar plexus, by...pretty much everyone he meets except Lindsey. [[spoiler: The truth is he set up the "misidentification" of Nick Fisher to get close to the Rabbi and the Boss so he can get his revenge.]]
* BashBrothers: [[spoiler:Slevin and Goodkat]].
* BlackAndGrayMorality: There are no good guys. Even Slevin [[spoiler: kills the sons of the gangsters who killed his parents, despite the fact that neither of them had ever harmed him personally]].
* BilingualBonus: If you speak Hebrew, you know that [[spoiler:Slevin's last name (Kelevra) means "Bad Dog". It will not take long from there to guess that he has a connection to Goodkat. [[note]]Although with the different stress (''kélev rá'' vs. ''kelévra'', plus the fact that it's presented as one word, most Hebrew speakers wouldn't notice that it can be understood as Hebrew.[[/note]]]]
* BookEnds: The film ends in the same airport terminal it started in, [[RuleOfSymbolism though it is empty the first time and full the second]].
* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: The Fairy]].
* CadreOfForeignBodyguards: The Rabbi hires two BadassIsraeli bodyguards to protect his son from assassination.
* ChekhovsGun: So, so many. [[spoiler: First, you have the literal gun the Rabbi uses. It's seen in the beginning when one of the faceless men is torturing Max. Then the Rabbi threatens Slevin with it. There is also the Boss's ring, Slevin's watch, and the Fairy's necklace, just to name a few]].
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Max's son]].
* ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler: Max's son, Henry, is seen in the flashback wearing a baseball mitt and is promised a trip to a baseball game, showing he's got a passion for the sport. ''Fast forward twenty years and he's good enough to murder a bookie with a fastball to the head.'']]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Goodkat and Slevin]].
* DangerTakesABackseat: [[spoiler: Detective Brikowski]] is killed in this matter.
* DeadpanSnarker: Slevin to a T. The Boss even mentions it: "Bet you it was that mouth that got you that [broken] nose." He claims that he has a condition that prevents him from taking ''anything'' seriously or worrying.
* DirtyCop: [[spoiler:Detective Brikowski]].
* DivideAndConquer
* DownerEnding: The alternate ending on the DVD where [[spoiler:Lindsey dies]] would count.
* DramaticIrony: When you watch the movie a second time, pay attention to everything The Boss and The Rabbi say.
* DungeonBypass: Touched upon by [[spoiler:The Fairy's bodyguards; they are in the next room, but they come through the (false) wall. However, Goodkat realizes that this is where they would come in, noticing that the wall is thin by the noise they make next door, and is able to ambush them]].
* DumbMuscle: Slow. He and Elvis even discuss it in a deleted scene.
* TheEndingChangesEverything: [[spoiler: Detective Brikowski reacts rather interestingly whenever Goodkat is mentioned. And look at Slevin reacting to the Boss calling himself a nice guy or hiding the fact that he is an assassin by saying, "I uh, I travel a lot."]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The mob have to bring in a specialist hitman because no one is willing to kill an innocent child. [[spoiler:Turns out the hitman was not keen on the idea either...]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Boss, The Rabbi, The Fairy, and Goodkat.
--> [[RunningGag "Why is he called The Rabbi?"]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "Cause he's a rabbi."]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Josh Hartnett shirtless for a good portion.
* FlirtingUnderFire: Slevin and Lindsey build up most of their romance in this manner. Despite the fact that Slevin is on the hit list of two warring gangs, he and Lindsey find time to flirt, go to dinner (where Slevin is able to shadow a man he has been told to kill), and spend a night together.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Slevin carries out his assassination mission with more effectiveness than TheEveryman should, with easily spotting The Fairy's bodyguards and eluding them to get a date with him. That and his ability to communicate with extremely dangerous crime-bosses and withstand intimidation from the police is indicative of some experience with organized crime]].
** [[spoiler: Slevin's precise read on his initial approach to The Fairy while he and Lindsey are having dinner]] also counts.
* FreezeFrameBonus: A very cool, blink and you'll miss it moment - [[spoiler: Goodkat]] and Slevin are looking for a common denominator between [[spoiler: the Boss and the Rabbi.]] After Slevin hands the book off he sinks into a very casual, but still obvious Parade Rest/Stand at Ease sort of position, seemingly almost out of habit. That scene and his posture tell you everything you need to know about their relationship, [[spoiler: assassin mentor and his apprentice.]]
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: Several points in the plan are up to chance, most particularly The Boss picking a hitman who hasn't worked the city in question for years to do the deed. The plan where Slevin is counting on Goodkat not checking if Lindsey is dead. That Slevin would be able to pay his debt to the Rabbi in person, at night. Certainly, measures were taken to skew the probabilities in their favor, but none of it was guaranteed from the outset]].
* {{Gayngster}}: The Fairy.
* GenkiGirl: Lindsay is ''adorable''.
* GunsAkimbo: Goodkat -- just look at the image for this page. He makes short work of [[spoiler:The Fairy's bodyguards]] this way.
* {{Henway}}: One of The Fairy's body guards makes a couple of these in a deleted scene.
-->"What's a whoredo?"
-->"She has sex with you for money!"
* HitmanWithAHeart: [[spoiler: Goodkat]].
* ImprovisedWeapon: The killer in the opening sequence kills a bookie by throwing a baseball. [[EyeScream Into his eye.]]
* InTheStyleOf: The lightning-fast dialogue with constant references to other films and tv shows can't fail to make one think of Tarantino.
* KansasCityShuffle: TropeNamer.
* KosherNostra: The Rabbi's gang.
* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: [[spoiler: The Boss, The Rabbi, and Detective Brikowski]].
* LuckyCharmsTitle: Marketed occasionally as ''Lucky # Slevin'' (see the picture) or ''Lucky Number Sㄥevin''
* LuckySeven: Referenced in the movie title, which is a pun on the phrase and the main character's name.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: "It can't look like a hit."
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Lindsay. Subverted in that [[spoiler: Slevin turns out not to be TheEveryMan who needs a "kick" in his boring life]].
* ManipulativeBastard: Almost everyone.
* MarketBasedTitle: In Australia, it was released as ''The Wrong Man''. The Portuguese title is ''Xeque-Mate''(Checkmate).
* MeaningfulName:
** [[spoiler: Slevin Kelevra. "Slevin" is the name of the horse that died in the opening race. Kelevra is Hebrew for "Bad Dog," [[FridgeBrilliance a reference to his relationship with the hitman Goodkat]]]].
** The Rabbi and his son, the Fairy. Why do they call him the Rabbi? [[ShapedLikeItself Because he is a rabbi.]] Why do they call him the Fairy? Because he's a fairy.
--->'''Slevin:''' You mean he has wings, and flies around spreading pixie dust--\\
'''The Boss:''' [[CaptainObvious He's a homosexual]].
* MeaningfulEcho: [[spoiler:Brikowski mentions that Slevin should play ball, and he {{Literal Minded}}-ly remarks "You think I'm tall enough?"; later, it's revealed that Slevin ''literally plays ball when he murders a bookie with a thrown baseball.'']]
* MobWar: Between the Boss and the Rabbi. It has escalated to the point where neither can leave his penthouse for fear of being executed by the other.
* MoodWhiplash: Almost every scene in this movie flips between deathly serious and absolutely hilarious; few scenes fall between the two extremes, and the film makes a point out of transitioning between these moods in an abrupt manner.
* ObfuscatingDisability: Slevin's ataraxia. It's unclear if Slevin actually has ataraxia [[spoiler: or if he's just not worried because everything is actually going according to plan.]] Or both.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: - Jeez, this movie plays with Obfuscation like a bandit. Slevin runs a fine line at this all throughout the movie. His stupidity isn't of the literal sort but the physical. Slevin's continuously firing quips at very violent people - two different sets of mooks and mob bosses, as well as the police and is constantly getting punched for it, as soon as physical violence comes into play, Slevin backs down (for a little while at least). It's a brilliant subversion of the idea, [[spoiler: Slevin's actually a fairly accomplished hitman who's killed at least three people just to put himself in play.]] He straddles a line of aggravating people into hitting him, mixed with just not caring about the danger he's in. [[spoiler: Little do his rivals know, he is planning on killing all of them.]] Sometimes, it's unclear if he's doing it on purpose so they underestimate him, because of his [[spoiler: supposed]] ataraxia or if he just honestly pissing off all the people around him ''because he can.''
* OhCrap: Slevin does this twice -- once when Brikowski confronts him in the men's room at the restaurant, and once when Goodkat sees him with Lindsey, [[spoiler:who's supposed to be dead]]. He recovers fairly quickly in both instances.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Boss and The Rabbi, although we do hear the Rabbi's name from a couple of mooks early on. [[spoiler:The ending has them referring to each other by their real names: Anthony and Shlomo]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Slevin does this in BestServedCold form. The world-class assassin sent to kill Slevin ended up raising him instead, and as an adult, Slevin came back to kill the men who had his family killed]].
* RunningGag: Slevin continually gets his nose broken.
* SecondPersonAttack: The film does this with the death of The Rabbi's bookie (who died from having a baseball thrown at his head).
* ShirtlessScene: Josh Hartnett spends about a third of the movie in this state -- and not just shirtless.
* ShoutOut: An "echo" variation: after ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' gets mentioned, Slevin does a "just one more thing" to The Rabbi. [[spoiler:Film/JamesBond gets mentioned just before Slevin gets the girl, who ends up (apparently) getting killed]]. ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' gets a mention for the plot point of someone getting mistaken for a person [[spoiler:who doesn't exist -- shortly before the film reveals the truth about the protagonist's "real" identity]].
** Mykelti Williams' character has a noticeable physical tic where he constantly has his upper lip raised. In his most famous role -- Bubba in ''ForrestGump'' -- he had a similar tic where his lower lip was constantly extended.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Goodkat and Slevin, as they each report to The Boss.
* StagedShooting: [[spoiler: Lindsey]].
* StraightGay: The Fairy, for the most part (despite the name).
* TitleDrop: [[spoiler: "It was the name of the horse! The name of the horse was Lucky Number Slevin!"]]
* TrappedByGamblingDebts: Although they're actually Nick's debts. Since [[spoiler:the trapping was planned, this can be considered an InvokedTrope]].
* TranquilFury[=/=]PreMortemOneLiner: [[spoiler: "You killed everything I love. ''Fuck you both''." Slevin doesn't raise his voice once during his entire MotiveRant]].
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Slevin spends the first third of the movie in nothing but a ModestyTowel.
* WeDoNotKnowEachOther: [[spoiler: Goodkat and Slevin]].
* WhamLine:
-->'''The Fairy:''' [[spoiler:Who's trying to kill me]]?\\
'''Slevin:''' Me.
* WouldntHurtAChild: The Boss calls in a specialist to kill a child when none of his goons would do the job. [[spoiler:The specialist can't bring himself to do it either]].
* YourCheatingHeart: Slevin caught his girlfriend cheating on him. [[spoiler: It didn't actually happen]].